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The noble Portuguese surname Raposo is of nickname origin, as it is derived from a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Raposo comes directly from the Portuguese word "Raposo," translated as "male fox" and in turn derived from the Portuguese "raboso" meaning "tail," with reference to the beautiful furry tail of that animal.

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The surname Raposo was first found in the regions of Portugal. The Raposo family were descended from the barons of Meneses and prospered throughout the Middle Ages.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raposos, Raposa, Raposas, Rapoza, Rapozo and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raposo research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raposo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alvaro Raposo, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Manuel Raposo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Gaspar Raposo, who landed in Florida in 1863

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  • Gregory Frank "Greg" Raposo (b. 1985), American Rock'n'Roll singer and actor
  • Joseph Guilherme Raposo Jr. (1937-1989), Portuguese-American composer, songwriter and pianist
  • Álvaro Raposo (b. 1990), Peru professional tennis player
  • Paulo Raposo (b. 1967), musician, publisher and radio activist based in Lisbon
  • José Hipólito Raposo (1885-1953), Portuguese politician, writer and lawyer
  • André Raposo (b. 1978), water polo player from Brazil
  • Francisco Antonio Raposo, Portuguese inventor
  • Carlos Pereira de Almeida Raposo, Brazilian lawyer
  • José María Raposo, Chilean journalist


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  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Raposo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raposo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 July 2015 at 14:45.

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